The Star Sydney’s plans for new Ritz-Carlton hotel knocked back

The Star Sydney’s plan to build a luxury hotel and residential tower has been knocked back by the state’s planning department who described it as “unduly prominent”.

The $530 million development was to include a 220-room Ritz-Carlton hotel along with residential apartments, a neighbourhood centre, library and function spaces.

The report by the state’s planning department said the 66-storey Pyrmont development had “unacceptable visual impacts due to its scale”.

“The [plan] would introduce a new tower form that is inconsistent with its immediate context and would result in unacceptable visual impacts due to its scale, isolation and visual dominance of the existing Pyrmont character and fails to promote good design and amenity of the built environment,” the report stated.

“[It would] establish a very undesirable precedent which would potentially encourage applications for further tower buildings on nearby waterfront sites.

“The proposed modification is not in the public interest. It is considered that the application should not be approved.”

A spokesman for The Star said they were “extremely disappointed” with the recommendation and it would “consider the avenues and other opportunities available to us”.

“We want to spend half a billion dollars on helping NSW increase its appeal to the inbound visitor market,” the spokesman said.

Because there were more than 25 submissions against the project, the proposal will be determined by the Independent Planning Commission.